Alameda County grand jury comes down hard on Oakland city government

Alameda County grand jury concluded Oakland Council President Lynette Gibson McElhaney usedher position for personal benefit.ALAMEDA COUNTY GRAND JURY | Oakland City Council President Lynette Gibson McElhaney used her position for her own personal benefit, said an annual report from the Alameda County grand jury. In addition, the City of Oakland abandoned its own procurement rules … Continue reading Alameda County grand jury comes down hard on Oakland city government

City Hall Insider: agenda notes from around the East Bay, Sept. 29-30

ALCO BOARD OF SUPERVISORS/Sept 29, 9:30 a.m.Surveillance upgrade; OK for chopper landingSTINGRAY UPGRADE The Alameda County Sheriff's Office is asking the Board of Supervisors to approve an allocation of $113,419 for an upgrade to its controversial Electronic Surveillance Telephone Tracking Technology, more commonly refer to as Stringray. The device, manufactured by Harris Corporation, mimics a … Continue reading City Hall Insider: agenda notes from around the East Bay, Sept. 29-30

Wieckowski to honor disgraced former San Jose mayor for leadership award

Former San Jose Mayor Ron GonzalesSTATE SENATE | 10TH DISTRICT | Nearly a decade ago, former San Jose Mayor Ron Gonzales, was indicted for a union garbage contract scheme that through secret side deals, ultimately cost taxpayers $11 million.Gonzales was first accused of the improper deals in a grand jury report and later censured for … Continue reading Wieckowski to honor disgraced former San Jose mayor for leadership award

AGENDA NOTES: Oakland City Council still feeling effects of May 4 shutdown

The Oakland City Council agenda is still feelingthe effects of the May 4 shutdown by protesters.PHOTO/Jaime Omar YassinOakland City Council Preview1 Frank Ogawa Plaza, third floorTuesday, May 5, 2015, 5 p.m.[FULL AGENDA HERE]Twitter hashtag: #oakmtgTHIS & THAT $8 million in New Market Tax Credits are coming to the developer behind the Foothill and Seminary Project … Continue reading AGENDA NOTES: Oakland City Council still feeling effects of May 4 shutdown

AGENDA NOTES: Oakland’s Homeland Security grant does not yet include approval for thermal imaging camera

Oakland City Council will decide Tuesday whether to accept a $578,000 Homeland Security grant.Oakland City Council Preview1 Frank Ogawa Plaza, third floorTuesday, April 21, 2015, 7 p.m.[FULL AGENDA HERE] Twitter hashtag: #oakmtg HOMELAND SECURITY GRANT Any time grant funding from the U.S. Department of Homeland Security appears on an Oakland City Council agenda, you can expect privacy advocates have … Continue reading AGENDA NOTES: Oakland’s Homeland Security grant does not yet include approval for thermal imaging camera

Alameda County grand jury is examining Oakland’s bungled garbage deal

The Alameda County grand jury's annual report is typically released in late June.OAKLAND CITY COUNCIL | The spate of controversies that followed the Oakland City Council’s decision last August to initially award a $1 billion garbage contract to a local operator with little requisite infrastructure to handle the job has gained the attention of the Alameda County … Continue reading Alameda County grand jury is examining Oakland’s bungled garbage deal

EBC Year-In-Review, July-Sept: Whole Lot Of Garbage; Race To November Begins

JULYHayward Mayor Barbara Halliday takes theoath of office in July.>>>Hayward’s Barbara Halliday is sworn-in as mayor. She will be the first of three female mayors elected in the Greater East Bay in 2014.>>>Eighteen Hayward residents apply to fill the council seat left open by Halliday’s election to mayor, but Planning Commissioner Elisa Marquez is selected … Continue reading EBC Year-In-Review, July-Sept: Whole Lot Of Garbage; Race To November Begins

Budget Crisis Averted in San Leandro After Oakland Garbage Compromise

San Leandro officials down in the dumpsabout Oakland's garbage contract are nowrelieved by news of a compromise.SAN LEANDRO | CITY COUNCIL | The substantial $500,000 annual hit San Leandro's general fund would have suffered following Oakland's decision in July to exclude Waste Management's from its next zero waste contract appears to have been averted.In an … Continue reading Budget Crisis Averted in San Leandro After Oakland Garbage Compromise

San Leandro City Council to Discuss Vice Mayor’s Actions in Oakland

SAN LEANDRO CITY COUNCIL | Simmering concern over San Leandro Vice Mayor Benny Lee's actions over the controversial Oakland garbage contract could boil over at its next City Council meeting in two weeks.San Leandro Stephen Cassidy scheduled an agenda item Tuesday night to discus the "roles and responsibilities of council members when speaking in front … Continue reading San Leandro City Council to Discuss Vice Mayor’s Actions in Oakland

Oakland’s New Garbage Contract Will Greatly Affect San Leandro

SAN LEANDRO | When the Oakland City Council awarded a garbage contract to locally owned recycling company California Waste Solutions earlier this month and passed over what seemed like a stronger competing bid from Waste Management, the effects of the decision appeared to be confined only to Oakland. But a closer examination of the deal … Continue reading Oakland’s New Garbage Contract Will Greatly Affect San Leandro